Let’s Celebrate National Flossing Day!
While we know many of our patients will be busy celebrating Thanksgiving at the end of this month, we have another special day that we are preparing for, National Flossing Day! This day is celebrated on the fourth Friday of November, which happens to be the day after Thanksgiving. National Flossing Day was established in 2000 and is a special day dedicated to the importance of flossing your teeth and raising awareness about the benefits of proper oral hygiene for your teeth and gums.
Why You Should Floss
Do you floss your teeth each day? If not, you should be. Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends that people floss a minimum of once a day. Many of our patients skip this important step of their oral hygiene routine, even though it only takes a few short minutes. We can easily tell during routine hygiene examinations who flosses their teeth and who does not. Each time you eat, a small amount of food and bacteria always sticks to your teeth. Flossing is necessary to help remove it from between the teeth and along the gumline. Even people who brush their teeth carefully cannot remove everything that is left behind. Patients who do not floss can have a buildup of plaque along the gumline, that can lead to issues such as:
- Bad breath
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
Along with using floss daily and brushing thoroughly, visiting our office for routine hygiene examinations is necessary for optimal oral health. If it has been a while since we have seen you and your loved ones, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment. You can use any dental insurance benefits you have remaining before they reset in January. Be sure to also schedule any treatment appointments we may have recommended during a prior visit.
If you have any questions about how to floss or want to learn about products that we recommend, please contact us at our location in Silverdale, WA. We hope you have a fabulous time flossing away, and we look forward to your next appointment.